By Timothy T. Capps
Their conferences, specifically through the Triple Crown season of 1978, turned the stuff of racing lore. Affirmed claimed the Triple Crown, yet Alydar validated him to the boundaries every time in stirring stretch drives that left onlookers limp. certainly, many racing historians examine their Belmont Stakes to be the best race of the twentieth century.
To inform one’s tale is to inform the other’s, so heavily intertwined are the lives of Affirmed and Alydar. writer Tim Capps, who witnessed the various Affirmed-Alydar races, chronicles their early years, first encounters, and epic clashes. He additionally tells the tales of the folks who raised, educated, and rode those titans. Affirmed used to be bred in Florida via financier Louis Wolfson, educated by way of the mythical Laz Barrera, and ridden by way of Steve Cauthen, referred to as “The Kid.”
Alydar entered existence at the historical grounds of Calumet Farm in Lexington, Kentucky, the final nice horse of the outdated Wright regime. knowledgeable by way of the younger John Veitch, Alydar could were a Triple Crown winner in the other yr. As a stallion, Alydar handed his nemesis even though Affirmed came across astounding luck as a sire of turf horses.
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Affirmed and Alydar: Thoroughbred Legends by Timothy T. Capps